Jesuit Father Osvaldo Pol, lifetime student and now professor, wrote almost all of these sonnets here in his home. Some have already been published, others appear for the first time.
The Faculties of Philosophy and Theology are pleased to launch his book of sonnets. In poetic language he expresses theological wisdom, the fruit most appreciated by the Society of Jesus in its academic endeavors.
It may seem paradoxical that a poet speaks of exiles from the earth in the language of the earth. It may seem paradoxical but it is not, because the poetic word has dwellings of flesh in human hearts and – at the same time – feels the weight of wings that have not yet taken flight. This is an arduous dilemma, expressed poetically and mystically by Saint Teresa: “How hard this exile!”
San Miguel, June 20, 1981, on the fiftieth anniversary of the Colégio Máximo de San José
Jorge Mario Bergoglio, SJ
Knowing how to lose… is this wisdom?
Saying goodbye every day…
Accepting as lost what was achieved.
Feeling that the verb to love has shown us
the heart of melancholy…
Joy will no longer be
forever, we will learn that at its side
there is a shadow, a demarcated time….
A door closed to hope.
And it won’t matter to those who’ve finished,
there are a thousand beginnings left…
Even if the sun shines dark and desolate….
Say goodbye, disallow bravery
to claim what was denied…
Knowing how to lose, that is wisdom.
of trying to make the bird return
from the opposite end of the night
and place its exhaustion
on your open adolescent chest.
You hold it in your hands,
you draw from its wings all the wind
and while it surrenders to the unnameable
you yourself take flight.
The experience is easy.
What is difficult
is to seize the moment
to kill the bird
without dying with it out of sadness.
LIFE, LIFE IS
Wherever may the morning cling
and describe its flight, the hope?
Which way does apprehension come
to the homeland of peace to fall?
Dreams dream like the joining wind
and glide onto a still, quiet beach.
Fever becomes fire and does not rest,
pressing the blood until it spreads.
And life, life is this opening up
to the other, painfully.
It is knocking on doors until it hurts.
It is knowing that death crudely
encircles us. And at the same time feeling
alive forever, stubbornly.
Osvaldo Pol, a Jesuit priest, was born in Cordoba, Argentina, in 1935. He graduated in Philosophy. For more than 40 years he worked as a professor at the Catholic University, specializing in Ethics and Aesthetics. His work has appeared in newspapers and magazines. He has published several poetry collections, starting in 1966. His name has appeared in important collections of Argentine poetry, including “Hombre y Dios: cien años de poesía hispanoamericana”, Madrid, BAC, 1996.
DOI: La Civiltà Cattolica, En. Ed. Vol. 5, no. 8 art. 4, 0821: 10.32009/22072446.0821.4